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The Skaarj Pupae (singular: pupa, also Pupae) are a baby monster found in the Unreal series.
The Pupae are the Skaarj offspring, borne by the Skaarj Queen. At this point in their life cycle, Skaarj are quadrupedal, have a green skin, and somewhat resemble Earth's spiders. They have mandibles that later turn into the adult Skaarj's tusks. Pupae's presence can often be detected by the distinctive sound they make.
Each pupa is approximately 6 feet long and at least a foot tall, which are insect-like and the similarity to its adult form are the tusks and its general face-shape. Because they are newborns, they are very weak, they can be easily killed by even a Level 1 Dispersion Pistol (though it is highly unlikely that you have a Level 1 Dispersion Pistol by the time you first meet them.), and it is very hard for a Pupa to kill you.
The Skaarj life cycle can be compared to that of Earth's honey bees. Either the name "pupa" was chosen poorly for what is actually a larva, or the Skaarj life cycle works differently from that of Earth's animals.
Skaarj pupae start appearing in the second half of the Unreal campaign and play a large role in the final fight. Pupae are also featured in UT2004's Invasion gametype, where they most often appear in earlier waves.
Pupae attack the player by lunging at the player and stabbing them with their long front legs. They can also bite and grab hold of your legs, with a bone-crunching and salivating sound! This can momentarily immobilise you, which is particularly dangerous if you are fighting other monsters at the same time! Although Pupae normally crawl, they will resort to hopping to approach a distant target. This, in combination with their small size, can make it a little tricky to hit a Pupa. However, due to their limited health and damage output, Pupae only pose a small threat, except when they attack in swarms.
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|Monsters: Behemoth - Brute - Cave Manta - Devilfish - Fly - Gasbag - Giant Gasbag - Ice Skaarj - Krall - Krall Elite - Lesser Brute - Manta - Mercenary - Mercenary Elite - Pupae - Skaarj Assassin - Skaarj Berserker - Skaarj Gunner - Skaarj Infantry - Skaarj Lord - Skaarj Officer - Skaarj Scout - Skaarj Sniper - Skaarj Trooper - Skaarj Warrior - Slith - Tentacle - Titan|
|Bosses: Skaarj Queen - Stone Titan - Warlord|
|NPCs and other creatures: Baby Cow - Biterfish - Bloblet - Horsefly - Nali - Nali Bird - Nali Cow - Nali Priest - Nali Rabbit|
|Beta: Dragon - Squid|